Posted on Mar 15, 2007
Jury awards Indiana man in train accident
By Jason Riley
A Jefferson Circuit Court jury awarded an Indiana man about $8.4 million in damages yesterday after he claimed he was run over by three train cars and lost his left leg as a railroad worker in October 2004.
Keith Baird was awarded $9.3 million against his former employer, Louisville & Indiana Railroad Co., which the jury found 90 percent responsible for the accident.
The jury found Baird 10 percent responsible, meaning about $930,000 was to be taken out of his verdict.
But Baird and the railroad company reached a settlement agreement after the verdict, with the railroad agreeing to pay Baird $7.9 million within 30 days and not appeal the case, according to Joe Satterley, an attorney for Baird.
Baird, 27, who lives in Jeffersonville, said, "It feels good just to be able to move on with my life now." An attorney for the railroad could not be immediately reached for comment.
The trial started March 5 and ended yesterday afternoon.
Baird, who has had more than 36 operations on his legs, was working as a trainman in between two cars in the Indiana train yard Oct. 2, 2004 when a supervisor failed to notify him other cars were moving towards him, according to Satterley.
When one car hit the car Baird was working on, Baird’s legs were run over, Satterley said.
Baird claimed the railroad was negligent for not warning him.
The railroad company claimed Baird was at fault for not paying attention.
Reporter Jason Riley can be reached at (502) 582-4727.